A hilarious celebration of lifelong female friendship | Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, January 19, 2016
  • Legendary duo Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have been friends for decades. In a raw, tender and wide-ranging conversation hosted by Pat Mitchell, the three discuss longevity, feminism, the differences between male and female friendship, what it means to live well and women's role in future of our planet. "I don't even know what I would do without my women friends," Fonda says. "I exist because I have my women friends."TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translateFollow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednewsLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksD...


  • Miranda Lorett
    Miranda Lorett  a years ago +1211

    This might sound silly, but as a young woman, I look at these two and can finally see through the veil of ageism in our culture. These women are beautiful and strong, and wear their age well. They inspire me to live in a healthy and cheerful way and help me to recognize that life doesn't cut off after 30, or 50, or even 70. There is always more to look forward to and it can get better instead of worse.

  • Vicki Crowell
    Vicki Crowell  3 years ago +469

    I could listen to these ladies speak for hours! <3

  • Forestkaat Prescott
    Forestkaat Prescott  2 years ago +647

    I so admire Lily & Jane's longtime, deep & funny friendship. Such icons.

  • William Joseph Smith III
    William Joseph Smith III  2 years ago +210

    I think many straight men spend too much time on being hard, straight, macho macho, to live the straight macho way. It takes alot of energy. This also causes women to have to be a false imitation of themselves to impress the men. I enjoy what these loves are saying. I bet if straight men could soften a bit, the women would teach them alot.

  • Tami Lou
    Tami Lou  3 years ago +320

    Lily and Jane have aged beautifully, they are such smart, funny women. It was an absolute pleasure watching this interaction.

  • artist45
    artist45  a years ago +212

    I love Grace and Frankie even more after watching this. Their relationship on screen seems quite reflective of their real friendship :)

  • Miss Shy
    Miss Shy  3 years ago +729

    the comment section for this video is disgusting and i'm so shocked at all the negativity from small minded idiots who think everything has to be about men. I value all of my female friendships so much, they mean more to me than anything because they are full of understanding and compassion. I can tell my female best friends anything and i feel a deep connection that is something i will never take for granted.

  • Andrew Shearin
    Andrew Shearin  2 years ago +67

    Masculinity is a very fragile thing in most men. The only people who are going to find issue with what they're saying are the men that they're talking about in the first place.

  • Dave K
    Dave K  3 years ago +78

    This is awesome. a friendship based on pure, unadulterated sarcasm.

  • Maria Sharp
    Maria Sharp  2 years ago +262

    Wow. A lot of hurt male ego comments. Who knew that three women talking could be so threatening?

  • Isabella M
    Isabella M  a years ago +146

    Older women have so mutch to give too us younger women and we should listen. I respect these two so mutch and I hope I am just as active and cool at their age

  • Laughter Talks
    Laughter Talks  3 years ago +389

    Two beautiful women who share so much. I love you both and thank you for all the joy!

  • kfedup27
    kfedup27  3 years ago +146

    This comment section has become its own unofficial study of how people can hear the same words and glean completely different meanings from it. My personal interpretation is that we, each and every one of us, are born with the capacity to share the same kind of relationships with each other as anyone else, regardless of gender, social class, etc. All that changes once outside forces begin to act on us, be those forces patriarchal, matriarchal, religious, economical, or fill in the blank. For us to deny that these outside forces exist is a bit ludicrous. If anything, all the comments I've read are proof that the force is strong with many commenters.

  • deedomodomo
    deedomodomo  2 years ago +82

    I can't believe Jane is nearly 80... she looks amazing

  • Deb B
    Deb B  2 years ago +204

    I love and respect these 2 women....

  • Sea Belle Mandalas

    Oh, and as one of Phyllis Diller's Cousins, I applaud all women comedians and esp these two, who I feel I grew up admiring like older sisters (cuz my own were much older too, and never around ;0 )

  • Franken HateGooPlus
    Franken HateGooPlus  6 months ago +26

    As a middle age man, I really can't argue with what they are conveying. Some might call BS, but I believe Jane when she said she has empathy for men in general. The truth hurts sometimes, but it is what it is.

  • Katie Mayflower
    Katie Mayflower  2 years ago +86

    I loved this. Two great women and I love Grace and Frankie!

  • Britney Ruotolo
    Britney Ruotolo  3 years ago +121

    I think many people are taking what was said out of context. It isn't news that societal pressures have shaped male and female friendships differently. Men are pressured to hide their vulnerabilities while women are expected to express them. Everyone who is calling Fonda sexist needs to take a step back and check themselves.

  • gemstone
    gemstone  a years ago +59

    This was very inspirational and heartwarming. Not a word of spite or bitterness, just words of encouragement, compassion and wisdom. These two women are absolute legends!